election 2014

Guam: Medical Marijuana Initiative Headed For Victory; First U.S. Territory To Legalize MMJ


Guam's medical marijuana initiative is headed for victory, making it the first U.S. territory to approve such a law.

The polls in Guam closed more than 18 hours ago, and with 56 of 58 precincts reporting the initiative shows 56 percent support.

“That’s great news, and a positive omen, for marijuana reform efforts across the country,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

“Guam is quite conservative politically, and home to a significant U.S. military presence, so this resounding victory is a confirmation of medical marijuana's broad support across the political spectrum," Nadelmann said.

The ballot initiative legalizes marijuana for "debilitating medical conditions" such as epilepsy, HIV, cancer and glaucoma.

"The marijuana majority is a truly global phenomenon," said Tom Angell, chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority. "People all across the world are ready to move beyond failed prohibition laws, especially when seriously ill patients are criminalized just for following their doctors' recommendations.

"With these election results, U.S. territories stretching from Guam -- where America's day begins near the International Date Line -- to Hawaii and Alaska have sensible laws that let patients use marijuana without fear of arrest," Angell said. "And this is just the beginning of a very big day.

"It's likely that we'll see other important marijuana reforms enacted today as election results come in from races across the U.S.," Angell said.

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